Demonetization · Jaipur

With Demonetization, comes the new face of Jaipur!

It is almost 20 days and we all are struggling with Demonetization effects. Undoubtedly, the normal life is now NOT so normal. We could sense little unrest amongst the citizens; some struggling with long ATM queue, some due to wedding at home, for some it is loss of business season, some busy with ‘parking money’ safely: P, for some it is a big struggle to get acquainted with digitalization.

Let’s see how our city Jaipur is affected by this-

  1. Biggest Jewelry Show JJS Cancellation-

Jewelry is synonymous to Jaipur but it too has lost its sheen with the sudden cancellation of one of the most spectacular show in entire Asia- Jaipur Jewellery Show. The show’s 14th edition was scheduled for 23-26 Dec 2016 where 750 plus booths were supposed to exhibit their stalls. A big time loss for entire Jewellery industry. Though the show is of Jewellers an elite segment of the society but there are many dwellers of the city that are employed under this sector and they are the one who are hard hit. Majority of International tourists flock in to witness this amazing show but unfortunately this year it is not going to happen.

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2. The Awkward Silence in the Bazaars of Jaipur

Always buzzing Johri Bazaar of Jaipur suddenly lost its charm and one could sense the awkward silence pervaded in this area. The vacant roads are telling some sad story, which Jaipur is not, used to grasp.

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3. No More a home for Destination Weddings

When it comes to vivid and a versatile royal wedding in India, Jaipur is nowhere behind with best wedding venues but this year not only the place has lost the label but there is a drastic slow down in the entire wedding sector.
Traders in the wedding business have been equally hit by the crisis. From caterers to decorators; florists to beautician to daily laborers of this industry all got a real hard blow.

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4. Season’s Sabse Sasti Sabzi

Sunday Morning witnessed fewer crowd in mandi. There was drastic cut down on the rates in vegetable markets and in major mandis of Jaipur, Sabji walas were ready to even offer credit and some how wanted customers to “over buy” the vegetables as the stock at the end of the day is almost like a loss for them. They confessed that there is a sharp drop in the sales but were overall happy and were ready to wait for some more time as they felt this is right step.

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Mandi Near Laxmi Mandir

 5. The Emerging New Tag Lines

Well, you can’t stay out of business for a lengthier time. The leading news papers of the city comes with latest advertisements of multiple brands with new tag lines to attract customers. So even if you don’t have cash at least these ads allow you to take some easy breathe 🙂

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6. Say No to “Padharo Mharo Desh’

With changing logo of Rajasthan Tourism, the time has changed too. We are no longer greeting guests like earlier. The city hotels that are expected to be in full occupancy during this time of the year have already received many cancellations from national and international tourist.

Not to miss- Jaipur is one such city where more than locals, tourists are seen on the streets during the peak season! But unfortunately not this year 😦

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 7. Long ATM Queue

During winter months, normally people used to linger on Gajak shops or Kachori shops in Jaipur but the demonetization effect, one can witness more crowd at ATM’s. It’s more than 20 days but there is no end to queues.

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8. Deserted Roads and Empty Restaurants

Always brimming with heavy traffic, the famous JLN, MI Roads of the city gave a deserted look on Saturdays’ and Sunday’s. The city restaurants where getting a table are a tough fight on a usual weekend was waiting for guests to serve.

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On one end where everyone is struggling with cash crunch and cutting down even the smallest need but on the hand other there is sudden influx on Petrol pumps and Liquor shops. The best time to stock it up: P

All said and done, the move Demonization has hit every one from middleman to elite class in one or the other way. But overall the move is welcomed by one and all as every Jaipurite is against Black Money and corruption.

A real test time for all and awaiting some relaxation from standing in long queues for our hard earned money. Not to forget, the impact does not affect just one person or one industry but it passes through all of us even to those people who were never meant to be targeted by this move.

Jaipur faces real test now.

 

 

 

 

Hindi movie reviews · Jaipur · Movie reviews · Reviews

Review Dear Zindagi- Alia, SRK and Goa to charm you!

Last fortnight was indeed the tough one with lots of uncertainty around and that calls to love our Zindagi much more! Jaipur Beat thought to make our Sunday the Happy One 🙂 and we head for the movie on a Sunday evening at INOX Pink Square.

Here’s our take on the recently released movie- Dear Zindagi 

Direction: Gauri Shinde

Actors: Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt, Kunal Kapoor, Ali Zafar, Angad Bedi, Ira Dubey

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With a team of Gauri Shinde, Shahrukh Khan and Alia Bhatt, Dear Zindagi has every thing going for it even before the titles start to appear. Kaira uff Koko (Alia) is a cinematographer who is supposed to be great in her job. Her producer Raghu (Kunal Kapoor) has hots for her although she is dating Sid (Angad Bedi). She breaks from Sid by disclosing that she slept with her producer. Now Raghu offers her great job for a film to be shot in New York and also proposes her which she some how ignores.

The first one-hour of the movie moves real fast and rapidly. You like the pace as too much is happening too soon. It’s after that, that the movie begins to slip a bit. So Kaira is forced to leave Mumbai and come to Goa to stay with her parents. And like all the parents, her parents start to preach her about life and marriage. Kaira realises that she is losing her mental peace and is unable to sleep. Enters Jehangir Khan (SRK), her therapist. Dr Khan has a perfect bungalow in Goa with old age charm; he is witty and wears different shades of linen shirts.

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Their sessions start inside the four wall and slowly the rules are broken and the outdoor sessions at beach, while cycling etc also takes place. Kaira opens up with Dr Khan, she starts to trust him and she feels good just to be with him. She shares her secrets and fears with him. Over here we come to know about her traumatic childhood,reasons for her stressful relationships with parents and failed romantic relationships. Dr Khan teaches Kaira to live for today “Don’t let the past blackmail your present”. He develops her self-confidence, asks her to forget her past and also let her cry. “Agar tum khul ke roegi nahin to hasogi kaise ?

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This part of the movie is very slow, full of gyaan, drags and misses the point. This is where Gauri Shinde does injustice to the script and lead characters. The foundation of Dr Khan and Kaira’s relationship is not very convincing and it rather looked fake. And while this relationship was developing in comes Rumi (Ali Zafar) whose contribution to the script is singing few songs.

A take on today’s generations multiple relationships was put up very aptly in the movie with a very fine example of comparing it to choosing a chair. You try multiple chairs but buy just one and the same goes with choosing a partner so there is nothing wrong if you get in and out multiple times to find that perfect partner.

 The movie carries a message, which is so relevant in today’s world. What memories from the past we should carry with what and us we leave is a very important decision and hence one must not carry excess baggage in their life. The entire movie rests on Alia’s tiny shoulders and it’s delight to see King Khan agreeing to play second fiddle to her. Alia is terrific and simply excels in emotional scenes. Shahrukh Khan’s is an extension to the role in Chak De. But the sad part is that out of all the three Khans (Aamir, Salman and him) he is now the oldest looking Khan for sure. Probably those packets of cigarettes are beginning to play a role now. The balance and control shown in the relationship between Dr Khan and Kaira is surely the best part of the movie. No over the top emotions yet subtle and strong bond. Like in English Vinglish, the music is very good.  Would suggest one time watch as it is a very brave movie in lot of respects.

Rating : 3.5/5

Review posted by Gaurav Hajela

Food · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat

10 Tea Cafés in Jaipur To Warm Up Your Winter

A roadside thadi, or a fancy cafe, all you want in winters is a cup of chai. In fact, not just one, you can go up to 10 cups a day sometimes 😉 Is there any better comfort beverage than tea in winters ? We don’t think so. Winters have almost arrived and the only thing that can make us come out of our homes, leaving aside our favorite blankets, is a steaming cup of tea. While planning hangouts with friends during this time of the year one thing that people keep in mind is definitely the Indian beverage that makes it easy to survive the cold whether of Jaipur. Luckily for us, we have amazing no. of tea cafés spread out in the city. Here is a list of some topmost tea cafés that serve a plethora of teas in different flavors to warm up your winter evenings 🙂

  1. Tapri – When we think about tea cafés in Jaipur, the first name that pops up in our heads is definitely Tapri. With its amazing and witty menu and a beautiful mix of traditional and contemporary elements in its ambience, who will not like to spend their evenings there sipping tea, having Parle-G and binging on their special vada pav !!

Location: C-Scheme, Lal Kothi

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2. Thadi – A cool rooftop café in Raja Park, Thadi is an amazing hangout place for those living in the area. In case you plan to spend some time there by yourself sipping on coffee then you can do so at Thadi.
P.S. – They provide wifi.

Location: Raja Park

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3. Chaisa – Chaisa is definitely the first choice for students and youngsters for hangouts, firstly because it’s located in Lal Kothi, a hub of education in the city and secondly because there couldn’t be a better way to have group studies then over a cup of steaming tea. 😉

Location: Lal Kothi

4. Chaaypani – For all sports lovers this can be the best hangout place in winters. You get to enjoy some sports on the roof top of Orbit mall while sipping your favorite tea.

Location: Civil Lines

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5. Ketli – To have your favorite tea along with your favorite pasta or Manchurian is definitely a new and amazing way to celebrate winters. Well, if this how you plan to spend evenings this season then we recommend you to head out to Ketli Lounge and café in Malviya Nagar.

Location: Malviya Nagar

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6. ThirsteaThe TeaTeria – If you are an ardent tea drinker or if you like to explore different types of teas then this is the place for you. With options like Irani Chai, Pushkar Chai, Nathdwara Chai, Chocola Tea, Gud ki Chai and many more options in their menu we are sure that your tea buds are sure in for a treat here.

Location: Malviya Nagar

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7. Talk over Tea – There is no doubt that tea cafés in Jaipur are spread across the length and breadth of the city. Talk over Tea, a tea café located in Sitapura is a cool hangout joint for those who work in one of the farthest and industrially populated corners of Jaipur.

Location: Sitapura

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8. Chai Factory – As the name suggests this café is a complete factory of different types of teas. Plan a hangout at this café if you are looking forward to good time with friends accompanied by a hot cup of your favorite tea and snack.

Location: Vaishali Nagar

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9. Tea Connect – A cup of tea accompanied with a bowl of maggi, an exotic pizza, a lip smacking vada pav, a steaming aloo paratha and well the list is endless. We suggest you choose your favorite snack (which might take some time given they have an elaborate and delicious menu) to go with tea and enjoy your winter evening here.

Location: Mansarovar

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10. Tea Tradition – With three outlets spread across the city, tea tradition is another famous hangout for young Jaipurites these days. If you enjoy your tea with samosa then we suggest this is the place you should head towards.

Location: C-Scheme

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Now that you have the list you can select your favorite and ask friends to join you over a cup of steaming tea. Happy winters. 🙂

 

Jaipur

8 Cool Places To See in Jaipur at Night

When you step out of your house in the streets of Jaipur at night, do you feel a faint smell in the air knowing that somewhere around there is something that carries a whiff of magic and a hidden story ? Jaipur nightlife is one of those elusive experiences, if you know where to go 😉 But don’t worry, we are here to guide you thought the merry streets of Jaipur to the places which bring out the best of Jaipur’s nights 🙂

  1. Jal Mahal

    The city that might not boast of water bodies so much, houses the most magnificent water palaces in the world – Jal Mahal, located in the middle of the Man Sagar lake. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber and it shines like a golden gem in the middle of blue lake at night.1404577_761259103900121_1720743497_o
  2. Statue Circle

    One of the most famous landmarks and circles of Jaipur, the white ‘Statue’ at the circle is of the founder of Jaipur – Sawai Jai Singh II. This pristine white structure looks even more royal at night with a beaming crowd of locals storming around it for walk in the garden, to grab a scoop of ice-cream or have a cup of the famous coffee at Statue Circle.statue-circle-night
  3. Amber Fort
    Once the capital of the state of Rajasthan, Amber boasts of the spectacular beauty – the Amer fort. Situated 10 km away from Jaipur on Jaipur-New Delhi road, the sight of the lit-up Amer fort is arresting at night and unmissable for the one who is visiting Jaipur for the first time or nth time.amer-at-night
  4. Jawahar CircleSaid to be the biggest circular park in Asia developed on the highway, Jawahar Circle is located on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg. The circle is surrounded by various kiosks but the highlight is a musical fountain that changes lights and splashes the beholders with a happy refreshing feel.jawahar-circle-fountain
  5. Hawamahal
    Hawa meaning wind and mahal meaning palace, Hawamahal aka Palace of the Winds is a pink sandstone palace that represents in its pure glory the essence of pink city. When its 953 windows called jharokhas are lit up in varied hues at night, the drive around the walled city becomes an illuminated memory forever.hawamahal
  6. Amar Jawan JyotiDrenched in the spirit of pride, Amar Jawan Jyoti evokes patriotism at just one sight. Glorifying the selfless sacrifice of soldiers from the state of Rajasthan, this place has a tranquil aura around it, that you can soak into while sitting on the stairs and watching the traffic pass by.img_4990
  7. Nahargarh Fort

    If you have seen Rang De Basanti or Shuddh Desi Romance, you know what we are talking about. The one place which a lot of towns around the world are missing on, is the Nahargarh fort. On the edge of Aravalli hills, Nahargarh fort brings out in you the innate desire of living life on the edge, especially when you gaze at the dark blue sky blanketing the illuminated pink city.nahargarh-night
  8. Albert Hall MuseumOne of the oldest museums of Rajasthan which is also the state museum – Albert hall, couldn’t get any better after night tourism began here. It is now seen shining in glorious colors oozing a sense of pride in the architecture of pink city.albert hall
Jaipur

5 Ways To Be A Gorgeous Bride Without Spending Much This Season

The declaration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demonetize Rs. 500 & Rs. 1000 notes has left us all with tough times ahead ! Many brides who had their weddings planned or scheduled in next few months, are in a state of shock and dismay as they feel that their dreams of a beautiful wedding are suddenly falling apart. But we say, with a little bit of flexibility and wise thinking, you can look as beautiful as it gets on your wedding and actually set a trend of a low-cost yet a memorable and lovely wedding 🙂

1. Make-up

All you need is a good quality foundation, compact, kajal, eye liner and lipstick !! We assume you might already own these or you can just go buy them from the nearest departmental stores and splurge on these. We suggest you can even try a good smoky eye this time and no one will even look beyond your gorgeous eyes 😉

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2. Jewellery

Remember the old Rani Haars and lovely bangles? Guess what, they are back in fashion ! So how about digging your Mom’s closet and taking out her classic jewels and layer them up !

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3. Wedding lehenga

Talking about digging Mom’s closet, you might be aware of how so many celebrities are donning their mom/mom-in-law’s bridal lehengas, Kareena Kapoor Khan recently did that ! So pull out your Mom’s lehenga and pair it up with a trendy traditional jacket or a different kind of blouse, or just wear it as it is and complement with heavy jewellery. Your Mom will be the happiest person on earth !

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4. Flowers

From wedding decor to using them in your hair, flowers are the best go-to beauties. Take a flower out of a bunch and put it in your bun, braids or tuck it in the side of your ears and look like a princess without too much effort 🙂

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5. Facial

Rather than splurging on salon facials, go for Dadi maa ke nuske 😉 Use your haldi ceremony to the fullest and use some left over turmeric with milk, gram flour and lemon for glowing and softer skin before you get all set to take the plunge !

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6. Wedding footwear

How many people actually notice your footwear under your lehenga ? Doesn’t mean you wear an unattractive pair of flip-flops, but just don’t invest too much and go with a comfortable pair of golden/silver heels.

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Look gorgeous on your D-day 😀

Events in Jaipur · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat

A ‘Spark’ to boost Jaipur’s Young Entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneurial bug has bitten almost everybody around and is among the most talked about subjects in the country. However, it is not easy for everyone to become an entrepreneur and start their own business. You may have an amazing plan but  you need mentors and guidance from experts and people who are pursuing their passion. For the people of Jaipur the road to entrepreneurship is about to become a little easier. Keeping the requirements of young entrepreneurs in mind, ICCE has come up with a one day entrepreneurial event, Spark.

International Centre for Culture and Education (ICCE), the organizer of Spark, is an internet based educational platform that works with the goal to spread traditional Indian education in field of Entrepreneurship, Vedic Mathematics and Yogic science though their DIY certificate programs. One of their very important courses, Green Evolution Global Certification program in association with UN has earned enrollments from across the country. In order to bring their cause to a larger group of young entrepreneurs ICCE is organizing Spark, which will be monumental in helping people turn their entrepreneurial vision into reality.

Spark will take place at G.P. Birla auditorium, Jaipur on 12th November 2016. The event has been created with the idea to support young entrepreneurs and help them to connect with the right mentors, who can help them execute their ideas. This platform will see speakers from Ted X addressing the participants along with speakers from different industries like education, biochemicals and international business. People participating in the event will get to speak to mentors like Mohsin Memon, managing director of Memcorp Immersive learning, Paresh Gupta, CEO My Career Architect & Neos Angels Network, Aardra Chandra Mouli, Founder & Director – Aeka Biochemicals Pvt. Ltd. , Archana Surana, Founder and director, Arch Academy and  Jacob Shetty, Director – International Centre for Culture & Education (ICCE).

With mentors like these, Spark is sure to create a new beginning in the world of entrepreneurship.

To Participate or Register, click on: http://www.intcce.org/spark/

Date: 12th November 2016

Venue: G.P. Birla Auditorium, Jaipur

Timings: 10:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Jaipur · Jaipur Beat

Public Transport Day – 5 Types of Public Transport You Need To Use in Jaipur

Public transport has been underrated for a really long time in our city. However, in the light of current events, where people who travel by their personal vehicles can be seen standing in long queues at gas stations (courtesy the ban on Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes) fighting for change amount, it seems the best time to ditch our vehicles and enjoy our huge public transport system. Today on public transport Day we bring to you reasons for which you can be thankful to public transport in the city.

1.Metro – Jaipur metro has come as a boon to Jaipurites. Jaipur is the sixth city in India to have the facility of metro train. The traffic has eased a lot since the introduction of metro. It has become a lot easier for people to travel to the city. The first phase of metro covers the route from Mansarovar to Chandpole Bazaar, which has definitely made the transport on such a busy route, very fast and easy. Not to forget the metro has also added a lot to our city’s infrastructure.

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2. Low Floor Buses – Low floor buses are another example of comfortable and cost effective public transport in the city, with the fares starting from Rs. 7. There was a time when travelling in buses used to look like a pain to people however not anymore. Low floor buses in Jaipur have changed the complete scenario. The comfortable seating and a wide network both are an amazing example of excellent public transport system.

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3. E-rickshaw – No more would people of Jaipur want to travel in the old city in their own vehicles, reason being the slow moving traffic and no space for parking. In such times e-rickshaws come for your rescue. The very cheaply priced rickshaw can easily get you from point of the old city to another in minutes. The view that you get while travelling in them is an added bonus.

4. Cycle Rickshaw – Well, Cycle rickshaws have been our public transport partners since ages. We cannot forget that it is the easiest transport system that we can have when we need to travel short distances.

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5. Auto Rickshaw – If we need to mention the most used public transport system in Jaipur it will definitely be auto rickshaws. You can find these rickshaws anywhere in the city at any time of the day. They are your 24/7 travel companion.

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We are sure this piece of information is the biggest need of the hour. Happy Public Transport Day.